About FSCS

The FSCS is the UK's compensation fund of last resort for customers of authorised financial services firms. We may pay compensation if a firm is unable, or likely to be unable, to pay claims against it. This is usually because it has stopped trading or has been declared in default.

Impartial and independent

We are independent of the government and the financial industry, and were set up under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, becoming operational on 1 December 2001 (although we still cover claims from before this date). We do not charge individual consumers for using our service.

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This section contains all our published collateral, from consumer guides, to policy statements and factsheets.

The FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority website includes a searchable database of all firms authorised and regulated by the FCA and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

The FOS

The Financial Ombudsman Service is the official independent expert in settling complaints between consumers and financial businesses

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  • In default

    A firm unable, or likely to be unable to pay claims against it. This will generally be because it has stopped trading and has insufficient assets to meet claims, or is in insolvency.